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Format: 2020-02-19
Format: 2020-02-19
  • 19 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Leon McCawley performs Beethoven with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Domingo Hindoyan, Leon McCawley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge CB2 3QB
    United Kingdom

    Rich in harmony and tenderness, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 is a highlight not to be missed of the 2019-2020 classical season in Cambridge, performed by esteemed pianist Leon McCawley.

    The second half of this concert is dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No 5. Tchaikovsky’s use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. It is rightfully remembered as one of the great romantic symphonies.

    Overture from A Life for the Tsar
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 20 February 2020 - 7:45pm
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Denk, Kirill Karabits
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Symphony No 102, written for Haydn’s second visit to London, is one of the finest of all his symphonies. Its four movements include a deeply felt adagio and a high-spirited finale based on a Croatian folk tune. Mendelssohn’s piano concerto shows many of his strengths, as a dramatic first movement gives way to a lyrical and tender slow section. The finale is a tour de force of elegant, fleet-fingered virtuosity. Schumann’s dramatic piece for piano and orchestra has all the virtues of his more famous Piano Concerto. Schubert’s symphony is one of the most melodic and genial pieces that he ever wrote. The four movements are perfectly proportioned and full of delightful music.

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    Symphony No 102 in B flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Introduction and Concert Allegro, for piano and orchestra
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 19 February 2020 - 12:30pm
    Brahms's Trio for horn, violin and piano - members of Orchestra of Opera North
    Alexander Hamilton, Annette Saunders, David Greed
    Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury WF12 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed returns for his second performance of the Kirklees Concert Season, joined by Alexander Hamilton from the ensemble's brass section and Annette Saunders on piano.

    This recital of poignant beauty includes Brahms’s heartfelt Trio for horn, violin and piano.

    Lunches are served in the Town Hall from 11.30am

    Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 24 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Organ Recital with Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    George McPhee has been organist of Paisley Abbey since 1963; this performance of his Prelude on Highland Cathedral will be its premiere outside Scotland. Max Reger wrote much of his finest music for organ, and his Opus 59 works are great pieces for those new to organ music. The programme ends with Franz Liszt’s great tribute to JS Bach.

    Lunches are available in the Town Hall from 11.30am.

    Trumpet Tune on Highland Cathedral, for organ
    George McPhee ()
    Voluntary No 5 in G
    William Walond (1725-1770)
    Fuga sopra il Magnificat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Fugue from 12 Stücke für die Orge
    Max Reger (1873-1916)
    3rd movement: Scherzo from Sonata No 5 in C minor for organ
    Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
    Prelude and Fugue on BACH
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 20 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Maria Wlosczcowska (violin) with Sophia Rahman (piano)
    Maria Wloszczowska, Sophia Rahman
    Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead SL6 4PF
    United Kingdom

    Prize-winning Polish violinist Maria Wloszczowska lives in London and performs as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. She gave her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2016 and won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Leipzig International Bach competition. Her teachers include Maxim Vengerov and András Keller. She plays on a violin by Nicolò Amati.

    Sophia Rahman won the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and other prizes. She has acted as a class pianist at IMS/Prussia Cove since 2008, most recently for Steven Isserlis. She is an Artistic Co-director of the Jigsaw Players' Concert Series. She has made many recordings of concertos and chamber works.

    Sonatina for violin and piano in A minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 2 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    4 Romantic Pieces, for violin and piano
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in F minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Counterpoints
    The Counterpoints
    St Andrew's and St George's West Church Edinburgh EH2 2PA
    United Kingdom

    Il musicista itinerante

    In the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries musicians travelled between Italy and Great Britain and influences crossed from Matteis, Corelli, Vivaldi and Geminiani to Purcell, Handel, MacGibbon and Oswald performed by this ensemble from the Netherlands.

    “Few new ensembles create a buzz like ensemble The Counterpoints” De Telegraaf

    Sonata No 1 in B minor from 10 Sonatas in 4 parts
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Trio Sonata No 6 in E from 12 Trio Sonatas
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    No 22: Un poco di maniera Italiana - Aria ridicula: presto from Ayres for the violin, Book 1
    Nicola Matteis (d?1707)
    Concerto da camera in Fmajor, for flute, violin, bassoon and continuo
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Trio Sonata in C minor for recorder, violin and continuo
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Trio Sonata in D major No 6
    William McGibbon (1690-1756)
    Trio Sonata No 2 for 2 violins and basso continuo, 'Bush aboon Traquair' from A treatise of good taste in the art of musick
    Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
    Serenata No 11 in D
    James Oswald (1711-1769)
    Trio Sonata No 12 in G
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • 28 February 2020 - 7:45pm
    Ensemble Solaire (wind quintet)
    Ensemble Solaire, Jorge Ripoll, Justin Sun, Matthew Horn, Polly Bartlett, Renate Sokolovska
    Cliffe Building, East Sussex College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    This exciting young group of Siberian/ British/ Spanish/Australian players were students at the Royal College of Music when they were awarded the Elias Fawett Prize for Outstnding Ensemble in the final of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2018. They have played at the Cadogan Hall, lunchtime at the QEH, the Marylebone Music Festival and the V and A

    1st movement from String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Summer Music, for wind quintet
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    5 Elegias, for chamber ensemble
    Eurico Carrapatoso (1962-)
    Trois pièces brèves
    Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    3 Sea Shanties
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Chants d’Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)
    Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957)
  • 26 February 2020 - 2:30pm
    Immortal Beloved | Orchestra of the Swan
    Jason Lai, Lauren Zhang, Orchestra of the Swan
    The Bradshaw Hall - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham B4 7XR
    United Kingdom

    Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with Orchestra of the Swan in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.
    The ‘Emperor’ concerto represents the apex of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ writing. There are plenty of stormy episodes and virtuoso passages for the piano but the balance between them and the tender moments is perfectly judged. Schumann’s admiration of Beethoven went beyond mere words. In 1836 he composed his ‘Grande Sonate’ the proceeds from which were to have been used towards the construction of a monument dedicated to the great composer. He began work on his 2nd symphony in 1845 but was severely hampered by his deteriorating health. It was eventually completed in 1847.

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    Pre-concert talk 1:30pm

    Overture from Genoveva
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 2 in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Rite of Spring - Peter Donohoe
    Peter Donohoe, Stockport Symphony Orchestra
    Stockport Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE
    United Kingdom

    The Stravinsky caused a near riot when it was first played in 1913. It still retains a freshness and energy today if not quite the shock value to ears which have become differently attuned in the intervening century.
    And Peter Donohoe is attracting plaudits for the freshness of his interpretation of Mozart piano works. He has a busy time ahead as conductor and soloist for tonight's concert

    Overture from Incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 25 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps'
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 23 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    A4 Brass Quartet
    A4 Brass Quartet
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    A4 Brass Quartet is comprised of principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick and Foden’s. The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet.

    Overture from Il barbiere di Siviglia, 'The Barber of Seville'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Salut d’amour
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Brass Quartet No 2
    Edward Gregson (1945-)
    Fantasy on British Sea Songs
    Gordon Langford (1930-2017)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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